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Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

If you use File history, then you may have received the following warning “Reconnect your drive. Your file will be temporarily copied to your hard drive until you reconnect you File History drive and run a backup.” File history is a backup tool introduced in Windows 8 and Windows 10, which allows for easy automated backups of your personal files (data) on an external drive. Any time your personal files change, there will be a copy stored on the external drive. File History periodically scans your system for changes and copies the changed files to the external drive.

Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

Reconnect your drive (Important)
Your File History drive was
disconnected for too long. Reconnect
it and then tap or click to keep saving
copies of your files.

The problem with System Restore or existing Windows backups was that they leave your personal files from the backups, leading to data loss of your personal files and folders. So this is why the concept of File History was introduced in Windows 8 to better protect the system and your personal file too.

Your File History drive is disconnected. Reconnect it and try again

Reconnect your drive warning may occur if you have removed the external hard drive for too long on which your personal files are backed up, or it doesn’t have enough space to save temporary versions of your files. This warning message may also occur if the File history is disabled or turned off. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10 with the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Run the Hardware Troubleshooter

1. Type troubleshooting in the Windows Search bar and click on Troubleshooting.

troubleshooting control panel | Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

2. Next, click on Hardware and Sound.

Click on Hardware and Sound

3.Then from the list select Hardware and Devices.

select Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

4. Follow on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooter.

5. After running Troubleshooter again try to connect your drive and see if you’re able to Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10.

Method 2: Enable File History

1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click Update & Security.

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Update & security icon

2. From the left-hand side, menu clicks Backup.

3. Under “Backup using File History” click the + sign next to Add a drive.

Under Backup using File History click to Add a drive | Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

4. Make sure to connect the external drive and click that drive in the above prompt you will get when you click Add a drive option.

5. As soon as you select the drive File History will begin archiving the data and an ON/OFF toggle will start appearing under a new heading “Automatically back up my file.

Make sure Automatically backup my file is turned ON

6. Now you could wait for the next scheduled backup to run or you could manually run the backup.

7. So click More option below Automatically backup my file in Backup Settings and click Backup now.

So click More option below Automatically backup my file in Backup Settings and click Backup now.

Method 3: Run Chkdsk on External Drive

1. Note the driver letter in which Reconnect your drive warning occurs; for example, in this example, the drive letter is H.

2. Right-click on the Windows button (Start Menu) and select “Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt with admin rights | Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

3. Type the command in cmd: chkdsk (drive letter:) /r (Change drive letter with your own). For Example, the drive letter is our example is “I:” hence the command should be chkdsk I: /r

chkdsk windows check dis utility

4. If you are asked to recover files, select Yes.

5. If the above command doesn’t work try: chkdsk I: /f /r /x

Note: In the above command I: is the drive on which we want to check disk, /f stands for a flag which chkdsk the permission to fix any errors associated with the drive, /r let chkdsk search for bad sectors and perform recovery and /x instructs the check disk to dismount the drive before beginning the process.

In many cases, only the windows check disk utility seems to Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10 but if it didn’t work don’t worry continue to next method.

Method 4: Delete File History Configuration Files

1. Press Windows Key + R then type the following command and hit Enter:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory

FileHistory in local App Data folder

2. If you not able to browse to the above folder, then manually navigate to:

C:\Users\your user folder\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\

3. Now under FileHistory Folder you will see two folders one Configuration and other one Data, make sure to delete the contents of both of these folders. (Do not delete the folder itself, only the content inside these folders).

Delete contents of Configuration and Data Folder under FileHistory Folder

4. Reboot your PC to save changes.

5. Again turn on the file history and add the external drive again. This would fix the issue, and you could run the backup as it should.

6. If this doesn’t help then again go back to the file history folder and rename it to FileHistory.old and again try to add the external drive in File History Settings.

Method 5: Format your external hard drive and run File History again

1. Press Windows Key + R then type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Disk Management.

diskmgmt disk management | Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

2. If you’re not able to access disk management via the above method, then press Windows Key + X and select Control Panel.

control panel

3. Type Administrative in the Control Panel search and select Administrative Tools.

Type Administrative in the Control Panel search and select Administrative Tools

4. Once inside Administrative Tools, double click on Computer Management.

5. Now from the left-hand menu, select Disk Management.

6. Find your SD card or USB drive then right-click on it and select Format.

Find your SD card or USB drive then right-click on it and select Format

7. Follow-on-screen option and make sure to uncheck the Quick Format option.

8. Now again follow method 2 to run File History backup.

This should help you resolve your drive warning on Windows 10 but if you are still not able to format the drive, then continue with the next method.

Method 6: Add a different drive to File History

1. Press Windows Key + X then select Control Panel.

control panel

2. Now click System and Security then click File History.

Click on File History under System and Security | Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10

3. From the left-hand side menu, click on the Select drive.

Under File History click on Select drive from the left hand side menu

4. Make sure you have inserted your external drive to select for File History Backup and then select this drive under the above setup.

Select a File History drive

5. Click Ok, and you’re done.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Reconnect your drive warning on Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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